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Old 31st October 2012, 06:35 AM   #21
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After doing some reading, Ribbon microphones sounds more appropriate for the sound (although inconviently sized, and in need of pop filters).

But reading about them, they don't seem to be something you use within 6 in or less of the face.
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Old 31st October 2012, 08:39 AM   #22
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Specifications for DPA SMK4060 Stereo Mic Kit w. 4060
Equivalent noise level A-weighted: Typ. 23 dB(A) re. 20 ĶPa (max. 26 dB(A))
S/N ratio, re. 1 kHz at 1 Pa (94 dB SPL): 71 dB(A)
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Old 31st October 2012, 11:32 AM   #23
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The Firewire thing works on non-Apples but I'm not 100% about Linux, you only need a firewire card. They also make a usb and some PCI convertors.

Apogee stopped supporting anything but MacOS some years ago due to lack of sales/demand.

The differences in sound between convertors is very small, in blind tests the Echo AF12 (£350) was indistinguishable from an Apogee Rosetta (£8000).
Price is not a reliable guide to sound quality.

Rode mics are good, no problem there.

In figure-of-8 you can use a splitter cable and run in it into each channel. You might have to invert one of them. Or not, whichever sounds better.

The way to use a ribbon mic (and every condenser for that matter) is you position it at an angle so the person being recorded won't blow directly into it and use pop shields.
These you can either buy or you could stretch a stocking over a frame like a wire coat hanger bent into the desired shape.


PS: Those DPAs are also very good, the only (very) small diaphragm mics I'd consider, they are in a whole different league of their own.
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